Saharan dust has been sighted all over Munster

By Katy Thornton

September 5, 2023 at 10:45am


People across Munster have reported of dusty rainfall covering their cars.

While Ireland experiences the nicest weather it has had since June, with temperatures soaring to the mid-20s, Munster has been dealing with a strange phenomenon - Saharan dust.

Alan O'Reilly of Carlow Weather has been documenting the Saharan dust cloud on his X account, predicting that showers occurring in the South and West will result in dusty rain.

Many Irish people, particularly in Munster, have been taking to social media to share images of their cars covered in the strange dusty rainfall.

So what has the dust travelling so far? According to Carlow Weather, the warmer air is what has carried the Saharan dust, and it will only be released with rainfall. With no showers, the dust cloud would simply pass over Ireland in time.


While this kind of weather is uncommon in Ireland, it is not unheard of. Periodically, Ireland will experience Saharan dust if the conditions are right.

As for the rest of this week, Met Éireann predicts the warm temperatures will last, with warm weather by day and by night, and the chance of thundery storms breaking out.

Header image via Getty



- Kanye West spotted at Electric Picnic this weekend

- Applications are now open for The Late Late Toy Show 2023

- Laois farmers say new Electric Picnic dates will cause 'huge issues' for harvest season